MAKING GAINS - The Bucks have made the largest win improvement in the Eastern Conference this season and
third-most in the NBA as they're currently 11 wins over last year's total of 34. The other teams with significant
improvement from last year include Oklahoma City (+26, 23-59 in 2008-09), Memphis (+16, 24-58), L.A. Clippers
(+9, 19-63), Charlotte (+8, 35-47) and Sacramento (+8, 25-55).
JOHN DEER -Since John Salmons became a Buck (or a deer), Milwaukee has gone 21-7 (.750). Over that span,
Salmons is averaging a team-high 19.9 points to go with 3.3 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.2 steals, leading or tied
for the team lead in scoring in 15 of those games and scoring double-figures in 25 of the 28. He is shooting 46.9
(196-418) percent as a Buck, including 38.5 percent (42-109) from downtown.
WINNING WAYS - The Bucks 45 wins are their most wins since going 52-30 in the 2000-01 season. Milwaukee's
28 home wins are their most since 2000-01 (see stat box to the right for more) and their 17 road wins are the
most since 2002-03 when they were 17-24 away from home. The Bucks have improved on last year's win total by
11 games (34-48 last year) and have shown a 19 game improvement on a 26-56 record in 2007-08.
THREE HISTORY - The Bucks hit eight three-pointers against Boston on Saturday night, adding to their newly
minted franchise record for three-pointers in a season with 624 (fifth most in the NBA). Brandon Jennings' Bucks
rookie record 142 three-pointers rank second among rookies and 14th in the NBA. Jennings and Carlos Delfino
(130, 23rd in NBA and a career-high) have combined for 272 triples, the most by a Bucks duo since Michael Redd
(182) and Ray Allen (123) hit 305 in 2002-03.
CALLING ON KURT - After the injury to Andrew Bogut, the Bucks have called on 14-year NBA veteran Kurt Thomas--and he's answered the call in a big way.
In his four starts at center, Thomas is averaging 6.5 points, 10.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.3 blocks and 1.0 steal per game. Thomas has set new seasonhighs
in those starts, grabbing 14 boards against Chicago on 4/6, scoring 12 points versus New Jersey on 4/7 and dishing out four assists at Philadelphia
on 4/9. Thomas also tied a season-best with three blocks at Philadelphia. The Bucks have won three of the four games that Thomas has started at center
and are 5-1 in the last six games that he's logged 25 or more minutes (6-3 this season). The big man is one point away from 8,500 for his career.
SET THEM FREE - Luke Ridnour has taken advantage of his free throw attempts this season, knocking down 90.3 percent (123-236), good for fifth in the
NBA. If Ridnour finishes the season at 90.0 percent or better from the line (minimum of 120 makes), it would be the first time a Bucks player hit that mark
since Ray Allen knocked down 91.3 percent in the 2002-03 season. It's happened four other times in franchise history: Ray Allen 90.3 (98-99), Ricky Pierce
90.7 (90-91) and Jack Sikma with 90.5 (88-89) and 92.2 (franchise record in 87-88).
- Milwaukee has clinched its 26th playoff berth in franchise history and first since the 2005-06 season.
- The Bucks sold out their fifth game of the season on Saturday, that's the most sellouts for the team since the
Bradley Center was sold out seven times during the 2005-06 campaign. The Bucks have sold out the Bradley
Center 163 times and stand at 594 sellouts in games played in Milwaukee.
- Dating back to the 1998-99 season, Milwaukee has gone 8-3 in their final home contest of the regular
season. That mark includes a 3-1 record over the last four years.
- The Bucks have won 30 games (30-19) against the Eastern Conference for the first time since posting a 33-
21 mark in 2003-04 and their 21 wins (21-8) since the All-Star break are their most post-break since winning
23 of 35 in 2000-01.
- Ersan Ilyasova is averaging 12.5 points and 7.5 rebounds in his last eight, shooting 47.7 percent (41-86).
- Luke Ridnour has scored double figures in nine of his last 13 games, averaging 11.0 points and a teamleading
4.3 assists. He is shooting 48.7 percent (55-113) during that stretch.
- One more win will give the Bucks a winning month of April. It would be the team's fourth consecutive winning
month and fifth of the season. The last time the team had more winning months was 2000-01 when they had
five. Counting Oct/Nov as one month, the last time they had winning records in each month was 1985-86.
- Jerry Stackhouse (2,998) is two rebounds away from his 3,000th career board. John Salmons is one game
away (599) from playing in his 600th career game.
- The Bucks are allowing just 95.9 points per game, which would set a franchise record for fewest points
allowed in a full season (currently 96.9 points in 2000-01).